birds+windows…what to do
March 02, 2010
Thanks to the West Sound Wildlife Shelter for this very terrific advice:
Birds and Windows
Weve all had it happen. Birds — either thinking that our windows are open flying space or seeing their own reflections and going on the offensive — will crash headfirst into plate glass windows. Sometimes the birds perish; somethime they’re lucky and they fly off right away. But other times, the birds are stunned and they fall helpless onto the ground or deck.
At the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, we get dozens of calls every year from people whove found stunned birds and arent sure what to do.
The good news is that there are steps you can take! By following these simple procedures, you can save a stunned bird from being eaten by predators while its recovering. Please note that if you follow these steps and the bird does not revive, its important that you call us (206.855.9057 x1).
First, find a box with a lid that has holes in a top. In the bottom of the box, place a dry washcloth or dish towel (something to keep the birds feet from sliding around). Take the box outside and locate the bird. Then, using a hand towel or pillowcase, pick it up gently and put it in the box. The greatest danger to a stunned bird is its vulnerability an immobilized bird makes easy prey for cats and wild predators. Take the box inside and place it somewhere dark, quiet, and warm, such as a bathroom or closet. Darkness will help the bird calm down, lower its heart rate, and help it recover more quickly.
In an hour or two, check on the bird. Take the box outside and open it up. Be sure not to open the box inside, since the bird may fly right out. If the bird flies away when you open the box, its recovered and ready to return to the wild. Congratulations! You can be pleased with the knowledge that you helped a bird recover from this traumatic incident. If the bird doesnt fly or appear healthy, please call us at 206.855.9057 x1.
ALSO–do NOT miss this Yoga Day for the Animals. Every red cent goes to helping wildlife: http://www.westsoundwildlife.org/YogaDay.html